We just arrived back from the most amazing 2 weeks in Canada. More on that soon, but today I want to talk about camping food. Because we’ve had our fair share of camping trips while I’ve been gluten-free, and by now we’ve figured out what works and what doesn’t.
We ate out for almost every dinner as we flew to our destination and didn’t have any sort of cooler. It’s also the best way to explore the local mountain towns, and have a nice cold drink after a long day of hiking. So these ideas will be tailored to breakfasts and snacks. Which come in handy when a 2 hour drive turns into 5, and the only restaurant around serves an iceberg salad as a gluten-free option.
Most of the items are store bought because packaging makes things last long. It’s not always ideal, but it keeps me fueled and feeling happy. I’ve recommended a few products, but whatever you end up picking up – read the ingredients. Make sure they’re ingredients you can pronounce, and that the sugar content is low. Since these are replacing meals, you don’t want to end up consuming desserts all day (and not feeling so great after)
- Go Macro – my current favorite! Low sugar, high in protein, and they keep me full for hours. Gluten-free/vegan
- RX Bars– simple, simple ingredients. They’re very chewy, but the flavors are awesome. Gluten-free
- Homemade granola bars – these are my favorite to make over and over (no sugar added) and they will last without refrigeration for about a week
- Kind Bars and Larabars are old favorites that don’t keep me full as long, but are more easily found and work as a snack in a pinch!
We had a kettle, so we boiled water everyday for instant coffee and oatmeal
- PB&J – we live off of these while traveling. Healthy, simple, satisfying. Once arriving in Canada, we bought a loaf of bread, a jar of peanut butter and a jar of jam. These were our daily lunches.
- Nut butter to-go- Barney Butter has the BEST tasting out there and comes in perfectly portable packets (use code karlcooks20 for 20% off)
- Trail Mix – Whole Foods bulk bins have our favorite options, or make your own!
- Hummus and carrots – these do fine without refrigeration and add at least one veggie to the mix!
So there you have it, all of my simple tips for gluten-free camping to give you energy and keep the hanger away. All of these products can be found at any grocery store so you can buy them before leaving or once you arrive. I hope you found something helpful:) Have a great week!